In brief: Seven Lafayette Boy Scouts earn Eagle badges


Seven Boy Scouts from Lafayette Troop 200 have achieved the rank of Eagle and will be recognized Aug 22 at a National Eagle Court of Honor. Each Scout completed a community service project to achieve the Eagle rank.

Joshua Summerlin, a 2020 graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy, provided a complete music program for Children of Faith Orphanage in India. Ian Ho, a senior at Acalanes High School, completed a naturalistic landscape project at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. James Crosby, a senior at De La Salle High School, designed and built a redwood deck for the youth program at St. Mary’s Church.

Declan Tsuyuki, a senior at Acalanes High School, created STEM education box kits for a Title 1 school. Nicholas Crosby, a senior at De La Salle High School designed and built benches at St. Mary’s School. Cole Regan, a junior at Acalanes High School, interviewed veterans for the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. And Matthew Crosby, a senior at De La Salle High School, built redwood benches for the St. Vincent de Paul food distribution program at St. Mary’s Church.

— Lafayette Troop 200


City announces 2020 Kids Fishing Derby winners

The city of Oakley’s “reimagined” Kids Fishing Derby this year drew a great response over the past few weeks with 43 boys and girls participating. Participants fished along lakes, the Antioch/Oakley pier and other locales. Congratulations to this year’s five derby winners, who were chosen at random:

  • Jayden Lilly, age 8,
  • Mason Crawford, age 13,
  • Braiden Mann, age 2,
  • Ace Angelo, age 8
  • and Kyson Dominguez, age 8.

Thank you to Hook, Line & Sinker of Oakley for donating items for the prizes.

— city of Oakley


Library to present Aug. 26 visit with author Phelicia Lang

On Aug. 26 at 11 a.m., the Brentwood Library will host a special online event with author Phelicia Lang as she reads from her beginner reader book, Tay and the Hot Day.  The recording will be free to stream for a limited time at, or at This special event is brought to you by the Friends of the Brentwood Library.

Phelicia Lang is a Bay Area educator and Reading Specialist with 16 years of experience in the field of literacy. She is the creator of Me on the Page, a publishing company dedicated to portraying diverse characters and encouraging literacy in young readers. Lang has written six books in the Tay early reader series, and two in a second series featuring a bilingual character named Mari.

The Brentwood Library is located at 104 Oak St. The Library is open Tuesday 1-8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Brentwood Library at 925-516-5290 or visit Follow Brentwood Library on Facebook or Instagram to learn about future events.

— Brentwood Library


Nov. 3 candidates for City Council, treasurer nominated

The following persons have been nominated for the Pleasant Hill offices to be filled Nov. 3 in Pleasant Hill’s municipal election. The nominees are listed below in the order in which they qualified, as the Secretary of State’s Office has not yet conducted the random names order drawing:

  • City Council member (three seats, full terms of four years): Matthew C. Rinn, Ken Carlson, Tim Flaherty
  • city treasurer (one seat, full term of four years): Mark W. Celio

At the close of the nomination period on Aug. 7, the four incumbents above had qualified to run for the three City Council seats and the city treasurer post. Pursuant to the elections code, the City Clerk has issued a certificate and a public notice of these facts that will be published locally, detailing the steps the City Council may take regarding the election.

Each candidate has subscribed to the city of Pleasant Hill’s Fair Campaign Pledge, copies of which are available by emailing a request to the city clerk at The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 19. Residents can register online at If you desire additional information concerning the Nov. 3 election, please visit or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 925-671-5237 or

— city of Pleasant Hill


Women’s chorale holding auditions; season starts Aug. 17

Looking for something to lift your spirits? Want to have some fun? The Diablo Women’s Chorale has the answer: singing! We may not be able to get together in person, but we have a creative way to learn and practice some wonderful songs, get coaching from our fabulous music director and give our voices a workout.

Our fall season starts Aug. 17, and we’ll stay safe and sound with weekly Monday night rehearsals via Zoom. We also have some fun ideas for sharing our voices with DWC fans and audiences, so you’ll want to see how we can do that. Auditions are open by appointment only to all female voice parts via Zoom on Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. For information on membership and auditions, contact Membership Chair Nancy Hickman at 925-899-5050 or

Our members live all over the East Bay, joining together to build a community through music, with a diversity of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and abilities. So come get to know us, share your voice, and have some fun. For more details, visit

— Diablo Women’s Chorale


Census deadline is Sept. 30, community response critical

It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or by mail. The deadline is now Sept. 30. The Census has counted the U.S. population every 10 years since 1790, and the public won’t have another chance to participate until 2030. Communities that are undercounted risk missing out on federal funding for an array of critical programs and services, including:

  • Congressional representation,
  • Medicaid,
  • schools,
  • health clinics,
  • fire departments,
  • roads and highways,
  • buses, subways and transit
  • and wildlife management.

The East Bay has seen positive momentum with its response rates, but there is more to go. The current self-response rates from households as of Aug. 7 was 72.6% in Contra Costa County and 70.7% in Alameda County. Spread the word and respond to the Census. Every person counts.

— U.S. Census Bureau


Local girl, 16, shatters a Guinness world record

Katie Dougherty started by making a rainbow loom jump rope with mini-rubber bands, and then it grew from there. She realized she had a knack for what she was doing and wondered if anyone had a world record. She found that the record was set at 3,472 feet and set her mind out on breaking it. After four to five months of working toward the goal, she decided to measure it and realized she had almost doubled the record. It then took several months for Guinness auditors to verify her work and award her the record.

— Cindy Dougherty

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